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Jupiter War (The Owner) Paperback – May 13, 2014
A network of beacons allows ships to travel across the Milky Way at beyond the speed of light. The beacons are built to be robust. They never fail. At least, they aren't supposed to. Learn more
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"The Jupiter War" is the concluding trilogy to Asher's 'Owner' novels, and it picks up immediately where "Zero Point" left off, so it is worthwhile re-reading that novel - or the last few chapters at least - if you cannot recall those prior events.
Unlike some other reviewers, I did not find this a "masterpiece by a SF master" or a "Brilliant conclusion to this segment of the Owner series". I found it mostly dull, to be honest. And in many places I found sentences written in a more complicated fashion than they needed to be, meaning I was unravelling grammar rather than remaining immersed in the story.
In terms of characters, "The Jupiter War" felt very much like "The Departure" in the way most of the cast had single attributes driving them, and often unpersuasive ones at that.
Serene Galahad, for example, is not even written as a caricature of an evil dictator. She never gets to those lofty heights, but remains an infantile tyrant of such capricious and puerile desires that I just could not take her seriously. Her sole motivation seems to be restoring the Earth to its natural state and in that regard people are a significant part of an environmental loading problem. She's already sorted this out in "Zero Point", but her obsession with the Gene Bank - which Alan Saul has possession of - seems such a single dimensional solution to the problem that it is hard to fathom. And really, it seems that the bulk of the Gene Bank is digitized, so she could have just asked Saul for a copy and he probably would have given it to her! For Supreme Ruler of the Whole World, Galahad is not much of a problem solver...Read more ›
For me the great thing about science-fiction is when it tackles big question, at the core of Jupiter War (and the preceeding novels) is trans-humanism, or more specifically the consequences of melding humans with technology. Alan Saul is an interesting character as he balances his once human self with the practicalities of being an AI and integrated not only with his ship but the robots within. We also see the beginnings of others taking similar steps, although I would have liked to have seen a bit more done with these characters, especially the comlife operatives.
This is all set against a dystopian background where the leader of Earth considers humanity a pestilence upon the Earth and uses extreme measures to restore nature to a dying Earth. Despite the advanced technology life for most is a dismal affair and this contrasts with the microcosm of humanity on Saul's ship.
Space battles are also a fun part of many science fiction tales and here we have not only an entertaining battle, but also a well thought out one. The considerations in the engagement provided a few interesting insights, not only for the technology involved but the tactics needed to utilise them.
What we have here is a damn fine science fiction read, it's fast paced and provides a satisfactory conclusion to the trilogy. Although as I said at the beginning the ending did leave me wanting more and I hope that will be the case.
I have read some criticism of his treatment of the ‘baddies’ and their single-minded pursuit of the hero Alan Saul but it is fair to say I am still not sure if Alan is actually a hero or a demigod out to trash our universe just to pursue his own agenda. And that is what makes Neal Asher so readable for me. Good (hero) is a nebulous mix that changes with each turn of the page and this unpredictable nature of his heroes is what makes it so readable. The baddies though are just that. Despicable with no redeeming features and hell bent on Universal destruction. I like. Give me another book soon please Mr Asher or I will have to go and write myself another book to fill in my time. Peter Eerden
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I'm a huge fan of Neal Asher and this is no exception. It's a fast read and great continuation of the owner series.Published 3 months ago by Troy Scheh
Not that this is a bad book mind you. But it is just a continuation of the story. Interesting ideas, but just more of the same. Read morePublished 4 months ago by SM
Excellent ending to this series. Thoroughly enjoyed the trilogy.Published 5 months ago by Chau Edge
Not as strong as the first two books, but still an enjoyable conclusion to the trilogy.Published 10 months ago by The Conservative Anarchist
The conclusion (maybe) of a very good series. Well written, good technical stuff, great characters and character development. Highly recommend this book and the series.Published 11 months ago by LOU CRAGIN
I just couldn't put the book (Kindle) down. This is the 3rd book of the Owner series. Go buy it!Published 11 months ago by Colia
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